The phrase was first heard in a 2015 music video, uploaded by Handsome Dancer, directed and written by James Manzello.
The song was titled Coincidance and told the story of two men who left their home to learn about their passion; dancing.
During the song, the two characters encounter each other and make the observation; “Wow, you can really dance”.
After this they proceed to bring peace to the world, through the power of dancing.
While the song had amassed somewhat of a popularity before, due to its humor and quality, it truly took off in 2019, when TikTok users started imitating the video clip in their content.
Thanks to the attention on TikTok, the phrase and the song quickly spread across social media, getting mentioned in hashtags on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as being featured in a plethora of content on YouTube.
As of September 23rd, 2020, “wow you can really dance” is still a largely popular phrase online, making cameos in hashtags and posts alike.